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Mark Leftly: The Olympic fiasco was just the final straw

Given that G4S's failure to provide adequate security at the Games was the latest in a long line of deficiencies, it's the man at the top who must go

UK enjoys hottest day of the year

It was the hottest day of the year so far today as temperatures soared across the nation.

Cheering crowds welcome London 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning heptathlete Jessica Ennis back to her home city Sheffield

Olympics golden girl Jessica Ennis has told thousands of people in her home city: "This is my home and this is the place that I love."

Tom Daley gets Olympic rings tattoo as permanent reminder of London 2012 success

Olympic bronze medallist Tom Daley has had a tattoo as a permanent reminder of his London 2012 success.

Sanya Richards-Ross celebrates victory in the 400m last night

Ohuruogu beaten again in repeat of London 2012 final

It was the same in the 1912 Olympic Stadium in Stockholm last night as it had been in the 2012 Olympic Stadium 12 days previously. When it came to the crunch in the women's 400m in the DN Galan Diamond League meeting, just as in the one-lap final in London, Christine Ohuruogu could not catch the American Sanya Richards-Ross.

Grace Dent on TV: There's a decadence about Bake-Off that makes it joyous, gobble-it-up viewing

This week Grace watched...The Great British Bake-Off, BBC2; Celebrity Masterchef, BBC2

Team GB marathon runner Freya Murray

Freya Murray: I was busy planning my wedding, then Paula got injured...

The Team GB marathon runner lets us into her diary of a special summer

Pierre Perrone: Prog - a genre that still has a firm grip on the British psyche

As someone whose mind was blown by the theatre of Peter Gabriel's Genesis and Pink Floyd performing with the Ballet de Marseille choreographed by Roland Petit in the early 70s, I always enjoyed the ambition within prog. Forty years on, that spirit is still at large in the musical land.

Yohan Blake: The Jamaican sprinter is to play in the Big Bash T20 event in Australia

Bolt's great – but my time is coming soon, says Yohan Blake

The Jamaican Olympic gold medallist Yohan Blake believes the time will come when he takes over from his fellow countryman Usain Bolt as the world's fastest man.

It wasn't so long ago the 'Football Family' was praised for rallying around Fabrice Muamba, now it is being heavily criticised

The Last Word: It's not as simple as footballers bad, Olympians good...

For even Barton to share the distaste may seem to testify to its substance

Chelsea Bland, 15 (with the yellow belt) and her Tae Kwon Do class in Leytonstone, east London

Minor sports are alive and kicking as the Jade Jones effect spreads

A post-Olympic buzz boosts clubs across Britain, as Charlie Cooper discovers

Leading article: Open the Olympic Park to all

Were there any doubt that Britain's appetite for all things Olympic had only been whetted by the successes of our athletes, our volunteers and our capital city, one need look no further than the surge of interest in tickets to the Paralympics for evidence to the contrary.

Check-out: the Olympic Terminal at Heathrow

Simon Calder: How Britain blunted its Olympic edge

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Desolate London

Holly Bleasdale in action during her disappointing London Games

Mixed emotions for Team GB athletes as they head back to the track

Ohuruogu meets Richards-Ross while Gemili and Bleasedale also in action tonight

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